Following the allegations made by Australian Negotiator, Stephen Davis that former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff and Ex Chief of Army Staff, Gen. Azubuike Ihejirika are Boko Haram sponsors, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) have called on President Goodluck Jonathan to investigate the duo.
Briefing journalist in Bauchi yesterday, September 8, the Secretary of the forum, Professor Ango Abdullahi said the claims by Davis was very serious and Jonathan owes Nigerians the duty to look into the allegations, ThisDay reports.
Lambasting President Jonathan over his silence, the northern elders said: “The silence of the presidency on this matter is likely to be construed as full acceptance of all the disturbing allegations made by Davis with the rapid territorial gains in vast areas of Nigerian soil, and what appears as imminent fall of key cities and towns to the insurgents.”
The northern elders are expecting a thorough investigation into the matter, as well prosecution of persons involved aiding Boko Haram in their deadly activities.
The forum also called on Jonathan to immediately overhaul the leadership of the military to arrest the barbaric killings of innocent citizens and also not to concede any territory currently under the grip of the insurgents.
They urged Nigerians to support a re-organised and better equipped military to defend the country including far-reaching measures to enable Jonathan win the war against terrorism in no distant time.
On August 31, the Australian Negotiator, Stephen Davis made some shocking revelation, claiming that former governor of Borno State, Modu Sheriff and former Chief of Army Staff, General Onyeabo Azubuike Ihejirika are Boko Haram sponsors.
The allegations has been trailed by controversy, as Modu Sheriff has responded to the allegations, saying associating him with the dreaded was a ploy by his detractors to tarnish his image, while General Ihejirika in his reply described the allegations as unfounded and frivolous.
Following Sheriff’s response, Davis had described his attempts to deny the allegations as poor.